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One summer's evening, when I had been for many hours gratifying myself with exploring these sweet romantic scenes, I sat me down on the root of an old tree, and wrote the following lines :
Ye that groan beneath the weight
Or, if chac'd by sallow Care,
cheerful health restore
Ye that feel the pangs of love,
Ye that languish to regain
Tunbridge-Wells are thirty-five miles from London, lying partly in Kent and partly in Sussex; the posttowns on that road are Bromley, Sevenoaks, and Tunbridge-town, the latter is five miles from the Wells.
BRIGHTON has less diversity than Margate, and less tranquillity than Tunbridge-Wells, but I believe it is visited by more nobility than either of the foregoing places. This may proceed from the Heir Apparent making it his summer residence, for the eagles and the hawks for ever gather round the highest rocks.
Brighton is like a beggar's coat, which, as he grows fat by being too well fed by his neighbours, becoines too little for him; so that, in order
to make it fit the better, he sometimes finds occasion to let it out, and patches it with different cloths, which, being mostly new, disgrace the old. It was formerly an insignificant fishing town; the natives were merely amphibious, and to this day they retain much of their original quality.
There is nothing here to arrest the traveller's attention but the Prince's pavilion, which is more a temporary conveniency for the summer than a splendid object of admiration.
The houses in general are alternately high and low, new and old, handsome and ugly, through the town. There is a baldness in the whole, and nothing to relieve the eye, take it in whatsoever point of view you may.
The sea presents one continued sameness, divested of the almost-perpetual moving scene which shews itself to the spectator at Margate, from the multiplicity of shipping of all descriptions, sailing so near the shore, to and from the Downs, and to different parts of the coast. At Brighton you have only a few fishing boats, or now and then a vessel of consequence will present itself to you in the Offing, at four or five leagues distance, which is descried only by the aid of a telescope, and then you scarcely are able to ascertain her rate or burthen, or to what kingdom she may belong.
The water is strongly impregnated with the particles of salt, very pure and clear, but it is often comfortless, and sometimes dangerous to the ba